Belated happy new year to everyone, and greetings from Room 356 West at Thornton Hospital. I’m back for round 1B of my Hyper CVAD regimen. If all goes to plan we’ll get started on chemo this afternoon and I’ll be here for a 4-5 day stay-cation. Here’s hoping all goes to plan.
I have a lot to be thankful for as 2012 begins, and a lot of thank you notes to write as I pass the time here for the next few days. Your greeting cards, text messages, emails, words of encouragement, and all around kindness and generosity are helping me to stay positive. For that, I am grateful.
And I’m feeling love and support, not only from my friends and family, but from people who don’t even know me! Let me elaborate…
Over the holidays I was exchanging emails with my buddy for life Brock DeKok. If your softball team needs a clutch 4-spot hitter, Brock’s your guy. And we’ve got the 2005 Mizzou Intramural Softball Championship T-shirts to prove it. Not to go all “Uncle Rico”, but I went like 4-5 in the championship game w/ 3 RBI, so it’s not like Brock was captaining a one-man team. But, I digress…
As a Christmas gift Brock got me a subscription to PowerMizzou.com, which is a perfect gift for a sports geek like me, as it’s completely dedicated to Mizzou sports and recruiting. The subscription came as a surprise, but what came next was an absolute shock.
When I was registering you up for the site, the publisher Gabe asked me why I was interested in signing you up for a membership. I briefly told him the situation, he let me know about this Tiger Claus program that they were doing this year. Basically he started a program to help fellow Mizzou fans during the holidays…people donated money or emailed him folks they knew who could use some extra support. I emailed him a short paragraph and found out today, you were one of three people they choose to help out. Basically they are going to be sending you a check this week. Use the money for whatever you wish…bills, food, your riding trip to BC next summer, etc. It was 100% anonymous…just a way for MU fans to help fellow Tigers.
Reading that email, I was completely dumbstruck. Anonymous Tiger fans want to help a guy they’ve never met before? Of all the causes and people in the world, they want to help me? Some random bald guy in San Diego? I was at a loss for words.
Sure enough, over the holidays I received an envelope from an unfamiliar friend in Columbia, MO.
Please accept this gift from the members of PowerMIZZOU and put it toward a good cause of your choosing.
How amazing is that?
To Gabe, Brock, and the members of PowerMIZZOU: I am struggling to find words that adequately express my appreciation. I am so inspired and humbled by your support. Thank you, on behalf of my entire support group of friends and family that we call Team Tyler. Thank you, not just for thinking of me, but for everyone who you’ve supported through the Tiger Claus program. I will use the money to help with co-pays for my in-patient treatment. Today I will start round 1-B of chemotherapy and your support is helping me continue the fight. We’re scheduled for 8 rounds, so it’s gonna be a slug-fest. It’s good to know I’ve got friends at PowerMIZZOU in my corner. Thank you all.
Our adopted Team Tyler color is lime green. I would love to send some team bracelets for you guys to rock, if you so choose. Just let me know the best address and how many to send. Also, I’m still familiarizing myself with the site, but if I get up the courage to post in one of the forums, take it easy on me! My username is T_Wags01.
Thanks again. As always, it’s a great time to be a Tiger!